A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows many ways to be strong that have nothing to do with muscles.
Everyone has a gift and can contribute. Don't feel bad if your gifts aren't the same as someone else's. Show up for others. Asking for help is a strength.
Positive Role Models
Tanisha has lots of adults around her modeling different kinds of strength. Diverse cast of characters.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Be Strong, by Pat Zietlow Miller (Be Kind), is a colorful, uplifting picture book that reminds young readers and their adults reading aloud that strength comes from determination and in people working together. Often kids (and adults) compare others' physical successes to their own and decide that they're failures, and Miller reminds readers that strength is the gift of trust and commitment and togetherness. The message of showing up for others, specifically for those who are struggling, is shown in ways that really connect with young readers. Jen Hill's soft illustrations beautifully focus on faces, expressions, and community connection.
Is It Any Good?
Author Pat Zietlow Miller's exceptional picture book reminds young readers of the importance of inclusion, commitment, and trust, and the powerful impact each person has when we reach out to others. In Be Strong, Tanisha's outlook changes when she sees the ways people show up for their community in different ways. Sometimes the world is improved when her connections are one-on-one, sometimes the work is communitywide, and sometimes it's in showing up for herself. Miller wisely highlights the importance of Tanisha balancing her own needs with the ways she can help her community, of not neglecting herself while she gives to others.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.